This Year, Make the Resolution for Health…
Every year, thousands and thousands of men and women alike resolve to lose weight
come January 1st. The reasons for weight loss may vary: one person may have high
blood pressure, another, type two diabetes. However, the end goal is almost always the
same: improved health! Though many aspects of overall health are improved with weight
reduction, focusing solely on one facet of the problem is not always beneficial. Crash
diets and extreme exercise regimes make reaching our health goals harder, as these plans
encourage deprivation and equate being healthy to being miserable. This year, try taking
a 360 approach to health by giving your body just what it needs- a little TLC!
TLC can stand for tender loving care or total lifestyle change, and both a required on the
path to good health. It is important that you are kind to both your bodies and your minds
as you embark on this journey into the New Year. Making a total lifestyle change is
difficult, and may take some planning and preparation. Starting out slowly by making
small changes every day or week is a more realistic approach, as it will give you time to
adjust and a chance to really incorporate these new practices into your daily life.
If you do not know where to start, you are not alone. Changing your outlook on health is,
in my opinion, the most important first step. Ditch the diet mentality in 2015! Try
thinking about the foods that you can have, and take the focus off of foods that are “bad.”
A healthy lifestyle is not about deprivation, and really, every food fits in moderation.
Though every food does have a place in your diet, it is still important to increase your
consumption of healthier fare. Adding new foods each week, such as a serving of fruits
and vegetables or whole grains will increase your food repertoire and keep being healthy
fun and interesting. You might even find a new food item to enjoy! You may also find
that as time goes on, your taste for unhealthier foods diminishes. One way to facilitate
this process is to dine at home one or more times per week. Though going out to eat is an
enjoyable experience, a lot of the food is laden with sodium and saturated fat. Eating at
home allows you to control what is going into your food. If this is difficult, you may find
inspiration from websites like Pinterest.com, which offers thousands of healthy recipes.
Many Registered Dietitians are also on Pinterest and offer great health tips!
Adding exercise is also important, not only for weight loss, but for improved outcomes in
many chronic diseases such as hypertension. Exercise does not always have to take place
at the gym. Find activities that are enjoyable for you, like walking or gardening. You
can even try something new here too, like yoga or zumba. If you are physically inactive,
don’t dive into exercise either: 20 minutes 2-3 days per week is a great place to start, and
you can always add more or do less depending on your comfort level.
Finally, do not forget to relax and enjoy the holidays and New Years celebrations with
your families and loved ones. Happy New Year to all, and let’s make 2015 a year
dedicated to healthy habits and TLC!
About the Author
Lisa Samuels is a Long Island native who is currently a Dietetic Intern at LIU Post. She has a B.A. in Art History from Ithaca College, a B.S. in Nutrition from LIU Post & was also a practicing baker for two years. Lisa has finally found her calling. Combining her love for food, writing, and nutrition, she strives to bring you the latest news in the field.
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